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Samhain Rituals

Hello hello! Happy Samhain, pronounced “sah-win” or “sow-in.”  Today is the day when the veil thins and we reflect on those who have come before us and invite them to join us for the evening in our celebrations. In early Celtic calendars, it marked the New Year and many have referred to it as the Witches New Year.  (Some believe though Yule as the new year as it is the rebirth, choose what works best for you). This is probably my favorite of all the Sabbats. It is the one in which the most people celebrate and  everyone around is just a bit more magic and a bit more believing in powers they cannot see.

There are so many ways to celebrate, but here are a few of my favorites.

Costumes

I still dress up. I love it. It allows for me to feel “into it”. I’m sure everyone reading this blog already knows, but just in case, the ritual of dressing in costume stems from the original Celtic Day of the Dead. It was believed that on Hallows Eve when the veil was thin, the ghosts, demons, goblins and other such beings were able to roam freely through the world. Treats and offerings of food and drink were left out to pacify the souls. This morphed into people dressing up as these haunting beings and going door to door for food and drink, and now into all costumes and candy. It is also believed in some sects and legends that by dressing up you would confuse the ghouls and you would be safe from their antics. Costumes

Carving Pumpkins

I have seen some absolutely astounding pumpkin carvings, true works of art. I’d like to say I’m pretty pumpkin crafty but that would be a lie. I still love to carve them though with the family and put them out on the porch. The Jack O’ Lantern is an Irish tradition that immigrated to the United States. It is thought that if you keep this lit pumpkin on your porch or doorstep during Hallows Eve it would frighten away evil spirits including that of Stingy Jack. This particular practice I also pair with lighting a candle for my ancestors to find their way home. It is believed that on this night our ancestors are able to come and visit and share in our merriment. Leave a candle in a window or on the porch for them to find their way home easily. Orange and Purple are the colors traditionally used but really any will work so long as your intent is correct.

Feast for the Dead

On my porch every year I also leave a snack for my relatives and well as to appease wandering spirits. This normally includes apple slices with cinnamon, a glass of wine, cheese and a sweet cake of some kind. It is also a time to make and enjoy passed down family recipes and traditions in a way of remembering your ancestors.  Soul cakes and pie, grains and stew tend to be my favorites.

Tarot and a Bonfire

When the veil is thin and my ancestors have come I often will do a Tarot reading so that I can get guidance and clarity from the other realm. When weather permits I do it outside next to my bonfire so I can be closer to nature but this is not a necessity. These are three fun new ones  I found this week on Facebook and Pinterest that I think I may try. You never really know what spread will work best for you, or if a new spread will work for you so I thought I would get a few options just in case.

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I will call upon the Crone and the Horned God to aid in my readings as well as my ancestors. You may also just ask for visions from your fire. These should appear as flashes or even words in the flames.

I close my fire rituals with a goal for the New Year and a prayer for the winter. I ask that the lean times of winter be bountiful and full for our family and I set my intent for the year to come. This often includes writing a habit I wish to break on a piece of paper. I then cast it into my Samhain flames imagining it being released from me to haunt me no longer. I then visualize and imagine a newer healthier habit replacing it.

 

 

Blessed be and Safe Travels this evening to all

Clearing Energies

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I saw this today on Facebook and can certainly vouch this is true. It doesn’t mean the item is haunted forever,  or even that it’s a bad thing (I will come back to that).
There are so many ways to cleat negative energy,  and most witches have their favorites.  For example, of I am clearing my house or my space, I will smudge with sage.  If I am clearing an object is salt water or lemon. I know a few that use running water like a stream,  or in the ocean,  even some that use fire or just candle flame. Really the choice is yours.  
In the event of an object I like to use lemon I will use salt water if I have no lemon, works just as well. Or lemon salt water if you would like.  I have used each of these means and to be honest if you mediate for a minute and listen the Goddess and your instincts will tell you what to do. 
One lemon, cut on half, is perfect.
Incense
White and Blue candle
For all my workings, I chose to use my alter when  I can.  This is my clean and sacred space where I can work uninterrupted.
First light incense, this will help lift your prayers and request to the Goddess as well as clear the air of any lingering energies. 
Light a candle, or if you have it, two. White for protection and light,  and blue for calming, understanding and healing. Many chose to light a black candle as ut helps absorb negative energy. (Good if you feel the energy or spirit is malicious).
These two things,  although not necessary, help create the environment and focus your energies on the task at hand.
Once  ready take the item you wish to cleanse in your hands.
Imagine the spirit or energy as a flowing moving ball if color wrapped around the object. Engulfing it entirely.
Once you can visualize the energy you can take your cut lemon to the object.
Rub the lemon (cut side on the object) in small counter clockwise circles. As you do so, see the colored energy breaking apart. Splintering and shattering before disipating into nothing. Evaporating into the as it around you. No longer whole, no longer powerful, free to move about and be released into the world.
Continue this cleaning and rubbing until the colored energies has been completed scrubbed off every inch and nook of the object.  (For odd shapes you can’t reach, squeeze lemon juice into the air to melt the energy away.)
You can say a spell as you do this to help enhance your workings if you like. Mine is pretty simple:

From this object I ask to flee
Any energies that have cling to thee
Release yourself and just be free
As I will it, so mote it be

I continue this simple chant and semi circular cleansing until I can no longer see the energy clinging to the object, or feel energy other than my own in the object.

For good measure I pass the object through my incense smoke and ask the Goddess to hear my prayers and cleanse this item so I may use it for my own purposes. I meditate briefly and thank the Goddess before concluding my ritual, blowing out my candles and leaving my circle.

I let the lemon juice sit until I want to use the object, at which point I will rinse off the lemon if it is sticky feeling.

I mentioned earlier about leaving the energies. Not all energies, and spirits, are bad. Some make you feel good, make you feel more powerful and can aid your magic (ancestral magic is a great example). You can chose to keep the energies in the item so long as you are aware it could effect the object and it’s ability to hear and do your bidding as opposed to the other beings.

Another example of lemon magic.

BB